Multiple award-winning Canadian actor, Tara Samuel, has joined the cast of Way Down in Chinatown and will play the enigmatic Mara who acts as the perfect dark foil to leading lady, Stephanie Sanditz. The WDiC production team – writer/director Eric Michael Kochmer, actors/producers Angel Corbin and Maria Olsen (joint owners of MOnsterworks66) and producer Jonathan Haloossim (22MM Productions) – are thrilled to welcome Samuel to the already high-profile cast, which includes Lisa Loring of The Addams Family and Nancy Wolfe of Helter Skelter.
Samuel was classically-trained at the renowned George Brown Theatre School in Toronto and has performed on stage across both Canada and the US. Beloved internationally as "Tara Williams" on the critically-acclaimed t.v. series, Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye, which continues to air in the US and around the world, Samuel has also been professionally producing theatre and film for fifteen years. Among other things, she wrote, directed and starred in FIND, which screened at festivals worldwide and was nominated for 'Best Narrative Short' at the Oscar-qualifying Austin Film Festival.
Samuel also produced the feature film Ruby Booby - and starred as Ruby – and, as producer-lead, she currently has several feature films in development. As story-consultant, Samuel is the owner and CEO of ScriptKicker.com, and she is also a very proud co-founder of the notorious L.A. indie film collective, We Make Movies.
Way Down in Chinatown is presently filming in Los Angeles and promises to be a unique entry into the annals of Noir cinema. To be shot entirely in black and white, WDiC incorporates elements of horror, science fiction and apocalyptic fairy tale, the likes of which has not been seen since the German Expressionist fables of more than a hundred years ago. Kochmer and the production team are setting out to create something truly special, and even one single glance at their concept trailer, which can be seen [here] will show this to be the case...and don't forget to spare a dollar or a fistful if you like.